Cooking in the Time of Covid-19: And the Guy Serves Up Penne with Chicken & Broccoli

MY SON DELIVERED! And man, it was tasty! Logan as you know, has been learning to cook now that we are all at home everyday, pretty much all day. This cooking was supposed to happen in Summer after graduation when he had more time, but the spread of the coronavirus, as it has for everyone, postponed everything in his life, including graduation. Knowing that he would be back at his busy life when we are able to leave the house again, I told him to consider learning to cook now since we are all on pause. Today, I told him to get started in the kitchen by seasoning up some chicken with seasonings he thought would work for a pasta dish. He dashed some Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, garlic powder and oregano and let it marinate for a while.

He started the water for the penne added salt and a little splash of olive oil. Without a prompt he crushed and chopped 2 garlic cloves, measured out how much broccoli he wanted for his dish and once the water boiled, threw in his penne.

With the pasta boiling, he heated a little olive oil in a pot, added his chicken and stirred on high heat. He added his chopped garlic and the broccoli, lowered the heat and covered the pot. Once the pasta was cooked and drained, he put some butter (maybe about a teaspoon) to melt in the pot.


We didn’t have any Alfredo sauce so he got creative and used some Caesar’s dressing (like a couple squirts ) and some ranch dressings (again about a couple squirts) and a little milk. This mixture should measure to about 4 oz of liquid,  Logan added the pasta to the melted butter, added the chicken and broccoli and mixed in the dressing. He added in some fresh Parmesan and mixed all the ingredients together.





The taste test apparently told Chef something was missing and he said, “I’m gonna add some salt to bring out all the flavors. I ain’t serving no bland food”. Imagine my pride in this moment as I stood silently and observed as he created this dinner for his family. Once the food was plated he suggested we top with more fresh Parm.

I have to say. I like where this cooking journey is taking us. Stay home. Stay safe. Teach your teenager to cook while we all have the time. ~ Daniella and family










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